Sega shows some holiday cheer for the 3DS

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Sonic Generations Crush3D Shinobi
While the 3DS is still plagued by some...questionable hardware issues, its software drought is finally over. Sega is contributing 4 major titles over the next few months. November 15th will see the arrival of the new Shinobi game (Shinobi's back!), picking up a series that has been hibernating for a while. Crush3D will be getting a 3DS re-working on January 10th, and then of course there are two Sonic games.

I'm already excited for Sonic Generations 3DS as it's a completely different game than its console big brothers, but...Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games? The Mario Sonic Olympics thing has always mystified me. It's such a weird, out-of-character mashup of competitive sports and classic game mascots, and I have no idea why it sells so well. Maybe it got swept up in the casual sports game fad on the Wii, but that's all over now and I think the series has outstayed its welcome.

I care less and less every time a new one is announced, much like the annual Mario Party churn-outs that got worse and worse every year. It's time for Mario and Sonic to stop flirting, as it were, over Olympic competitions and just star in that massive crossover adventure game that everyone actually wants. Lets get these guys back into videogame land where they belong, without skis or torches or hundred-meter dashes where they somehow stand an equal chance of winning.

Release Dates Confirmed for Sonic Generations, Shinobi, CRUSH3D and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (October 27, 2011) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. are delighted to announce final release dates of several highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS™ titles. Coming out this year and early 2012 each of these exciting new titles have been specifically designed for the Nintendo 3DS handheld experience and feature favorite classic SEGA characters as well as brand new heroes.

Shinobi™ is the long anticipated continuation of the fan favorite series and includes the classic side-scrolling action gameplay players have loved since the original. Coming to stores in Europe on November 11 and in North America on November 15, Shinobi introduces several exciting new features including a brand new combat system, StreetPass™ functionality, and a large assortment of achievements and challenges to unlock.

SEGA’s much loved mascot Sonic the Hedgehog™ makes his way onto Nintendo 3DS for the very first time as part of the celebrations for his 20th anniversary. Speeding through many levels designed exclusively for the Nintendo system, Sonic Generations™ allows fans to play as both Classic and Modern Sonic across a range of iconic and memorable levels – all re-imagined for a completely new experience. Sonic Generations for Nintendo 3DS launches on November 22 in North America and November 25 across Europe.

CRUSH™3D, the critically acclaimed puzzle platformer game, redesigned for Nintendo 3DS will hit stores on January 10, 2012, for North America and January 13 for Europe. Help Danny solve brain-teasing puzzles by ‘crushing’ your way from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional world and back again with the touch of a button.

And finally, the record-breaking duo of Mario™ and Sonic™ join forces for the first time ever on the Nintendo 3DS with the eagerly anticipated launch of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™. The much loved pair head to stores on February 10, 2012, across Europe and February 14, 2012, in North America and are sure to continue their formidable partnership for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Bringing a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for Nintendo 3DS contains over 50 Olympic Games themed events for players to compete in for a coveted gold medal!

SEGA’s exciting line up for Nintendo 3DS means you will never be short of something to do during the long, dark evenings and cold winter days of the upcoming months!

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